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The Headmaster Ritual: The Importance of Management for School Outcomes
Stockholm Univ, SOFI, SE-10691 Stockholm, Sweden..
Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation.
Stockholm Univ, SE-10691 Stockholm, Sweden.;Res Inst Ind Econ IFN, SE-10691 Stockholm, Sweden..
2016 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, ISSN 0347-0520, E-ISSN 1467-9442, Vol. 118, no 4, 912-940 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We estimate the impact of individual principals on school outcomes by using panel data that allow us to track principals over time. We find that individual principals have a substantive impact on school policies, working conditions, and student outcomes. In particular, students who attend a school that has a one standard deviation better principal improve their achievement by between 0.05 and 0.1 standard deviations. Despite rich background information on principals, it is difficult to characterize successful management, suggesting that innate skills are central. We find that the scope for discretion is larger among voucher schools and in areas with school competition.

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2016. Vol. 118, no 4, 912-940 p.
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Principals, school management
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-311235DOI: 10.1111/sjoe.12149ISI: 000388302200011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-311235DiVA: diva2:1059494
Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy (IFAU)Riksbankens JubileumsfondForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2013-0645Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-12-22 Created: 2016-12-22 Last updated: 2016-12-22Bibliographically approved

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